Beavers heartbroken by late Tudors winner
By Rob Overfield
A 90th minute goal by Hemel's Herschel Sanchez-Watt handed the Beavers their first defeat of the season.
Sanchez-Watt's late winner was compounded by an injury time red card for substitute Taurean Roberts for what looked to have been a punch following a challenge that left both players on the ground, but many in the crowd were puzzled by the fact Watt's reaction in retaliation was little different to Roberts' original offence and the referee chose to only show a yellow card.
Gaffer Gary McCann chose to keep the same team that earned a draw at Slough for his first match league match at Beveree, in warm sultry conditions.
The match started in an open manner with Hemel creating the more chances, Jordan Parkes forcing Tom Lovelock to tip over the bar as early as the 3rd minute, and Steve Cawley heading just over the bar 10 minutes later.
However, the Beavers took the lead in the 31st minute as Ricky Wellard made a timely challenge in midfield, the block sent the ball perfectly into the path of striker Chris Dickson; the number 10 advanced between the covering central defenders and coolly slid the ball past Hemel keeper Laurie Walker.
The Beavers' lead only last some 6 minutes as Kyle Connolly found himself in space and lifted the ball over the on-rushing Lovelock, as cries for a possible foul in the build up went unheard by the referee Mr Richardson.
Hampton reacted immediately, another chance was created for Dickson, but his first time shot skimmed the bar and left the Beavers level at half time.
The visitors opened the stronger in the second half, Steve Cawley hitting the post in the first few minutes, but the Beavers managed to keep their goal intact as Tom Lovelock was kept moderately busy without looking like he would be beaten.
just after the hour, Josh Mcleod-Urquhart nearly converted a free-kick won by Rhys Murrell-Williamson, but his cross was punched away by a stretching Walker, as the Hemel defence temporarily lost concentration.
As the rain began to fall on a verdant Beveree, Hampton so nearly took the lead; Hemel keeper Laurie Walker having to get a strong hand to Craig Dundas' powerful header from close range to keep the visitors in the game.
The Beavers were now starting to create more chances; Zak Joseph dragging one wide before Dickson beat the Tudors' offside trap to plant a firm header just over the bar.
With seconds of normal time left, Tom Lovelock was left stranded by a long range Hemel shot that clipped the bar, and it looked as if the Beavers might hold on and register a second 1-1 draw, but then the game took a savage twist away from them in added time.
Sanchez-Watt found himself unmarked in a crowded Hampton box to nod home Parkes' free kick from the Beavers left hand side to snatch the game from Hampton, with the sad conclusion being Roberts' dismissal a minute or two later.
After the match, Gary was disappointed, "There's no question of their effort and desire, we just need to get the fine details right ahead of Saturday."
"It's a little bit of a concern to me at the moment of how open we are, we have to be a little more prepared and organised for the counter-attack and that's something we'll be looking at."